EnGenius launches IP68 wireless access point, built for harshest environments

Jan. 23, 2023
The ECW270 AP can use its primary Ethernet port, which supports 2.5 GigE PoE++, to easily be mounted and attached to light poles, sides of buildings, and exposed ceilings or racks in warehouses up to 300 ft away from the power source.

EnGenius has expanded its enterprise cloud platform with the rugged ECW270, an outdoor access point (AP) bearing an IP68 rating for use in outdoor environments, optimized to protect from extreme dust, torrential rain, and even immersion under high pressure. The industrial-grade cloud managed AP features Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology and a 4x4 antenna designed to provide superior wireless communications even in harsh outdoor environments. EnGenius says the ECW270 can provide network coverage to many simultaneous client connections, and is suitable for deployment business parks, apartment complexes, senior living, airports, school campuses, and outdoor venues.

Per the manufacturer, the ECW270's high-powered radios provide the ability to mesh the access point at greater distances and blanket larger areas with Wi-Fi, minimizing expensive cable runs. Thus, IT professionals can use the unit's existing 2.4 GHz (5 dBi) and 5 GHz (7 dBi) detachable antennas to flood an area with Wi-Fi or swap out the antennas for more demanding environments with specific requirements.

The ECW270 AP can use its primary Ethernet port, which supports 2.5 GigE PoE++, to easily be mounted and attached to light poles, sides of buildings, and exposed ceilings or racks in warehouses up to 300 ft away from the power source. The AP also provides a secondary 1 GigE PoE+ PSE port to pass internet data and power to a surveillance camera or other power-sourcing device.

The ECW270 is managed on the EnGenius Cloud, so that a single or an unlimited number of these ruggedized APs can be easily installed, configured, and monitored at scale. APs can be quickly scanned, registered, pre- and auto-configured, and remotely monitored and troubleshot. The unit's cloud capability allows IT professionals to dive into AP specifics such as device status, throughput and connectivity performance, wireless statistics, and connected wireless device status.

A summary of the ECW270's key features and benefits includes the following:

  • High-rated, IP68-rated waterproof and dustproof housing withstands extreme environments.
  • Detachable four (4) 7 dBi 5 GHz and four (4) 5 dBi 2.4 GHz, Omni 360° N-type antennas.
  • Supports up to 2,400 Mbps in 5-GHz band and 1,200 Mbps in 2.4-GHz band.
  • Dual-band 802.11ax with scanning radio for an improved wireless experience.
  • 2.5 GigE PoE++ compatible port for easy placement in outdoor spaces.
  • 1 GigE port with PSE (802.3af/at) to power up IP cameras or other compliant devices.
  • High-powered radios to increase meshing distances on either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz.
  • Built-in surge and ESD (electro-static discharge) protection.
  • Wide outdoor operation ranges from -4°F ~ +149°F (-20°C ~ +65°C).

The ECW270 AP is now shipping from EnGenius at a $999 MSRP through its authorized partner channel.

For more information, visit: https://www.engeniustech.com/engenius-products/ecw270-wi-fi-6-4x4-outdoor-access-point/

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